Friday, January 06, 2006

Jack Says I"m Like this Pincushion Plant

Pincushion Plant
Originally uploaded by mtncyndi.
My friend Jack retired from Yucaipa-Calimesa JUSD after 40 years of teaching. (40!) He still joins our little "breakfast club" every Friday morning and comes to every school board meeting. He recently gave me this plant, and says it reminded him of me. He says I get "stuck" and "poked" and "needled" as president of YCEA. I've never seen a plant like this. It's botanical name is Nertera granadensis. The little "pins" are berries. I have a "black thumb," so DH has taken over its care and feeding, and so far it seems to be doing quite well.

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Kalyn said...

Very interesting. I don't think I've ever seen this plant either. 40 years! I am not going to make it that long, I can tell you right now.

Patti said...

What an unusual plant! It looks so intersting! Since there is a seed packet there, did he start this from seed?

Cyndi said...

Knowing Jack, he bought it already grown. You can buy them at department stores like K-Mart around Halloween.

cookiecrumb said...

Cute. But I guess you don't eat it, eh?

Paz said...

Very interesting plant.


Cyndi said...

Well, cookiecrumb, it is edible, though its edibility rating is a 1 on a 1-5 scale (though I don't know what that means.)